California authorities search for missing 'end-of-the-world' cultists

September 19, 2010: Sheriff's deputies are searching for 13 people reported missing Saturday after leaving a prayer meeting. The missing include five adults and eight children from the desert community of Palmdale in NE Los Angeles county. The 13 belong to a Christian prayer group that believes the end of the world is imminent. An alert issued by the California Highway Patrol reads, "It is believed, through further investigation, that [their] intentions are to commit mass suicide."


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Reyna Marisol Chicas, the group's leader



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Yeah, I read about that last night. We'd better get ourselves desensitized to this sort of thing. The next two years are going to be wacky.
Wow, now that it finally happened I'm way less impressed by the Rapture than I thought I'd be.
Heh heh heh heh heh.
They were found praying in a park. Scroll down to the third story.
Well, a happy ending. I'll update the story after I get back from my tea party. It's the kind where you actually have tea.
UPDATE: Deputies found Reyna Marisol Chicas and 12 others just before noon PDT Sunday at Jackie Robinson Park, which is near Palmdale. All members are safe, police reported.

Their leader, Reyna Marisol Chicas was placed under a 72-hour mandatory hold, after authorities concluded that she was unable to care for herself or others.

There isn't much more than that except to say that this group gave the police plenty of reason to think their lives were in danger. Why did the group's 5 adults behave in a manner so thoughtless and irresponsible it approached the level of imbecility?

Yeah, I think religion is the answer.

These people don't worry about thinking things through for themselves. They've abrogated all personal responsibility for decision-making because they believe their imaginary friend will provide all the guidance they require. Got a problem? Pray for an answer. Life is tough? No worries. You are an important part of His divine plan and even if your faith is not rewarded in this world, it will be rewarded in the next.

As Mark Twain wrote, "The gods offer no rewards for intellect. There was never one yet that showed any interest in it..."
Well, not all end times cults are death cults. I vaguely remember that one guy who predicted the end of times down to the day, sometime in the late 80's. He talked thousands of people into selling all of their possessions and giving the money to charity (can't remember if it was his charities), and then the day came and passed ... and you ended up with a lot of people standing around saying, "Now what?"



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